Roberts in 1924
Roberts in 1924
Roberts on the far right, holding the umbrella.
Roberts on the far right, holding the umbrella.

Frederick Owen Roberts (2 July 1876 – 23 October 1941) was a Labour Party politician in the United Kingdom.

Roberts worked as a compositor and became active in the Typographical Association, serving on its executive council. He was also active in the Labour Party, and served on its National Executive Committee for many years.[1]

He was elected at the 1918 general election as Member of Parliament (MP) for West Bromwich, defeating the sitting Conservative MP Viscount Lewisham. He held the seat until the Conservatives regained it in 1931, but was re-elected at the 1935 general election.[1]

He was sworn as a Privy Councillor in 1924, when he was appointed as Minister of Pensions in Ramsay MacDonald's First Labour Government. He held the same post in the 1929–1931 Labour Government.[2]

He resigned his seat on 3 April 1941, and died later that year, aged 65.[1]

Notes

  1. ^ a b c Trades Union Congress, "Obituary: Mr F. O. Roberts", Annual Report of the 1942 Trades Union Congress, pp.135-136
  2. ^ "No. 33505". The London Gazette. 11 June 1929. p. 3857.

References

Parliament of the United Kingdom Preceded byViscount Lewisham Member of Parliament for West Bromwich 19181931 Succeeded byAlexander Ramsay Preceded byAlexander Ramsay Member of Parliament for West Bromwich 19351941 Succeeded byJohn Dugdale Political offices Preceded byGeorge Tryon Minister of Pensions 1924 Succeeded byGeorge Tryon Preceded byGeorge Tryon Minister of Pensions 1929–1931 Succeeded byGeorge Tryon Party political offices Preceded byRobert Williams Chair of the Labour Party 1926 – 1927 Succeeded byGeorge Lansbury